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Institute Team

The Business Track Institute offered through Drake University features experienced and devoted staff who engage with the Fellows throughout their experience.

Our senior strategic advisor, administrative director and academic director have served as leaders for the Drake University Institute since 2016. We are also fortunate to have additional leaders who will bring their experiences and expertise to the Institution experience for the upcoming cohort of Fellows.

Annique Kiel, Senior Strategic Advisor: Annique Kiel serves as the Executive Director of Global Engagement for Drake University. Annique leads Drake’s mission to build a global perspective through activities, learning opportunities and student development. Significant portions of the mission include creating learning experiences for Drake University students and faculty on the continent of Africa. Annique’s initiative, leadership and direct efforts positioned Drake University to be selected to become a university Institute beginning in 2016 and her leadership continues to provide direction and insight. Annique can be contacted at

Lance Noe, Administrative Director: Lance Noe directs Drake’s Center for Professional Studies and teaches in the Master of Public Administration degree program at Drake University. Lance has been involved with the Mandela Washington Fellowship since 2016 serving in both education and administrative leadership roles. This year he will serve as Administrative Director. Lance can be contacted at

Dr. Debra Bishop, Academic Director: Deb Bishop serves as a Professor of Practice in Management and International Business where she teaches in the areas of entrepreneurship, process improvement, procurement and operations. She has traveled extensively throughout the continent of Africa most often in the role of leading students to Uganda to study sustainable development with a focus on leading teams to develop health and education services in rural Uganda. She has served as Academic Director since 2016. Dr. Bishop can be contacted at

Hannah Sappenfield, Program Coordinator: Hannah Sappenfield serves as the Global Partnerships Coordinator at Drake University. She has been involved in global partnership-building and international education throughout her career, including work with the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Iowa Sister States. In addition to her native English, Hannah speaks fluent French and some German. Hannah will serve as program coordinator leading many of the essential virtual experiences. Hannah can be reached at

Bonnie Ehler, Budget Coordinator: Bonnie Ehler serves as the business and budget coordinator for the Drake University, Office of Global Engagement. In that role she provides expertise in budget and financial matters related to Drake’s global engagement mission. Bonnie serves in a financial leadership capacity for Institute at Drake University. Bonnie can be reached at

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